Thursday, December 18, 2014

"The Heroes of the Himalayas" by Lars Guignard

The Heroes of the Himalayas
by Lars Guignard

The Heroes of the Himalayas series is recommended for children ages 10 to 14. The series currently consists of Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple. All three books are now also available as a single volume: Zoe & Zak Adventures Books 1-3.
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Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard
(The Heroes of the Himalayas Book 1)

Some say all children are born with magic inside of them. Zoe Guire is about to find out the hard way if that's true.
Zoe doesn't believe in ghosts. She doesn't believe in mythical creatures. And she definitely doesn't believe in magic. But it's amazing how quickly everything you think you believe can change when you're confronted by the impossible.
When Zoe finds herself lost, halfway around the world, her first thought is that she needs to get back to where she came from. Fast. But her friend, Zak, has other ideas, and when a peculiar snake charmer directs them deep into the Himalayan Mountains in search of a mythical leopard, what began as an accident soon takes on a life of its own.
Zoe isn't worried. Not at first anyhow. Sure the talking elephant is strange, and the snake charming yogi is stranger, but she's a big girl. She figures she can handle it. But then, somewhere between the living statues and the screeching monkeys, Zoe realizes that what is happening to her and Zak is no accident.
It's the result of something Zoe has deep within her, an energy so powerful, yet so personal, that she alone can right a deadly wrong.
But nobody said confronting an ancient evil would be easy. And Zoe and Zak will have no chance at all unless they put aside their differences and believe.

Praise for the Book
"Love Love Love! This book had me from the first chapter. This book overflows with top-notch character development, culture, adventure, and FUN!" ~ Sunshine, Bubbles and Books
"This is adventure with a capital 'A' and the kind that middle grade readers will love." ~ Word Magic: All About Books
"Once Zoe and Zak are off on their adventure, the pace never lets up. There are constant dangers lurking all around them and they are pretty much constantly fighting for their lives. Throw in some really interesting mystical creatures and you have a recipe for a great MG novel!!" ~ Best Kids’ Reads


Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse
(The Heroes of the Himalayas Book 2)

Zoe and Zak are two kids who've just had their world turned upside down. Their parents have sent them off to the Himalayan mountains to go to boarding school in India, all of which might seem fun, except for the fact that the school itself is a little strange.
At Moonstock Himalayan Academy, students ride elephants instead of school buses, snarling monkeys work as security guards, and angry parrots monitor the halls. But living with a bunch of kids their own age can be a lot of fun too, or at least it seems that way until Zoe's roommate goes missing. Following the directions written on a steamy bathroom mirror, Zoe and Zak fly through the clouds on their newly acquired magic carpet to learn that the two of them have been chosen to lift the Yogi's Curse.
It's not going to be easy. Zoe and Zak don't even know what the Yogi's Curse is let alone how to lift it, but like it or not, they soon discover that a whole lot of people are depending on them.
Now, if they're going to save the day, Zoe and Zak are going to have to fool the monkey guards, avoid the nasty parrots, and maybe even develop a supernatural power or two. Because lurking beneath their new school is a powerful new enemy. And if Zoe and Zak can't stop him, nobody can.

Praise for the Book
"Lars Guignard keeps up the pace with this second installment in the Zoe and Zak Adventure series. I recommend this series to tweens and teens who love a great adventure steeped with magic and mysticism. Ages 8+." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"Fantasy, action, adventure, wonderful characters and some fun mysteries has me hooked… 5 Stars!" ~ Brooke Blogs
"I loved the faster pace of this second book. Zoe & Zak’s adventures kept me turning pages to see what was happening next." ~ Carpinello’s Writing Pages


Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple
(The Heroes of the Himalayas Book 3)

Zoe and Zak have learned some things since their first semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy in India:
#1 Don't trust the parrots.
#2 Don't eat the food.
#3 Don't stick around if something crawls out of the lava hole beneath your school. And most important of all ...
#4 Don't make a rule you can't break.
Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now the seventh graders are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock, their boarding school high in the Himalayan mountains where magical things happen on a regular basis.
School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan, where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things take a turn for the worse when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they learn that they have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth - the Tiger Eye of Justice.
Finding the Tiger Eye seems like an impossible mission, and it's only made more complicated when Zak discovers that he has been given a powerful gift to help with the task. But Zak's new gift is a double-edged sword, and if Zoe and Zak don't find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak's time will run out.

Praise for the Book
"Zoe and Zak’s adventure in the Tiger’s Temple nerve-wracking and enjoyable all at the same time! Magic flies high in this story. Guignard continues not only to entertain his young readers but also to educate them on the exotic culture of India. Readers learn about everything from food to mythology. I love all the magic and mystery in his books, and you can’t help but love Zoe and Zak with their self-destructive behavior." ~ Jump Into a Book
"The great thing about this book, besides the fun adventure, is the exposure kids will get to different cultures, mythologies, and ways of life." ~ Nik’s Picks
"Lars Guignard’s writing is easy to read and the story flows well and he has a great sense of humor. Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple is another must read for readers of all ages. I can’t wait for more books in the Zoe & Zak series!" ~ Bound 4 Escape


The Zoe & Zak Adventures
(The Heroes of the Himalayas Books 1-3)

Move over Percy Jackson. Find out what everybody is talking about!
Have you ever gotten hopelessly lost in a strange land?
Talked to an elephant?
Ridden a magic carpet?
Been jailed by an angry parrot?
And discovered that you have the power to change the world?
Zoe & Zak hadn’t either. But that was before their lives were turned upside down by a mysterious creature called the Ghost Leopard. Now, they find themselves attending a strange school high in the Himalayan foothills, where nothing is what it seems and anything is possible.
The Zoe & Zak Adventures contains the first three full books of the middle grade fantasy adventure series, where two semi-normal kids begin to live absolutely extraordinary lives.
In Book One, The Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak take their first trip to India where they learn that they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature from a terrible fate.
In Book Two, The Yogi’s Curse, Zoe & Zak are back in India, this time to attend Moonstock Academy, a strange and sometimes frightening boarding school where weird events seem to occur on a regular basis.
And in Book Three, The Tiger Temple, Zoe & Zak take on their second semester at Moonstock and their most terrifying challenge yet.


About the Author
Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for The Heroes of the Himalayas series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.
He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

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